Print- a picture or design printed from a block, stone, plate or screen. It is not a reproduction.
Inking- ink is applied to the plate with a brayer, which is a roller with a handle.
Transfer- paper or other material is pressed against the plate, transferring the ink. This can be done by hand or with a printing press.
Edition- a series of identical prints made from the same plate.
Relief printing- This is a method in which the sections of a surface that are not meant to hold ink are cut away.
Woodblock- a block of wood used for making woodcut prints.
Escher's piece shows the different views of the birds and makes the audience feel confused on which side is up or down. Escher distorts reality as if there is not one way gravity pulls on the birds.
Trace the shape of your piece of linoleum into your sketchbook. Use a ruler to connect the opposite corners to locate the center of the shape. Use a compass, with the point on the center, to draw the largest circle possible in the shape. Choose your best design and draw it in the circle.
Trace the finished design on tracing paper and use a piece of carbon fiber to transfer the design from tracing paper to a piece of linoleum.
Color the lines and shapes on the areas of linoleum that won't be cut away with a dark marker.
Use a bench hook to hold the linoleum in place. Don't cut it into a circle until all linoleum cuts are finished.
Use a V-gouge to outline the shapes. Use wider U-gouges to cut negative areas. Then use V-gouges to cut fine lines in positive shapes.
Squeeze out an inch of ink on an inking plate, roll the brayer both directions and ink the linoleum.
Select a paper to made an edition of five prints. After they dry, sign each one in pencil at the bottom and title on left, the number in the center and your name and date on the right. The number of your print is a fraction, the denominater is the total number of the edition and the numerator is the number of the print. Your first print should be numbered 1/5.